CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Conquest Racing race report

Vegas offers no luck for Mi-Jack Conquest racing Las Vegas, NV (26 September 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Andrew Ranger and Nelson Philippe finished fourteenth and sixteenth in Saturday's Hurricane Relief 400 for round eleven of...

Vegas offers no luck for Mi-Jack Conquest racing

Las Vegas, NV (26 September 2005) Mi-Jack Conquest Racing drivers Andrew Ranger and Nelson Philippe finished fourteenth and sixteenth in Saturday's Hurricane Relief 400 for round eleven of the Champ Car World Series. With three rounds remaining in the 2005 season, the team is looking forward to the next round of racing after not scoring the results they had been hoping for at Las Vegas Speedway this weekend.

Rookie Andrew Ranger took the checkered flag in fourteenth  position after
having raced as high as fifth early in the race despite not  feeling entirely
comfortable with the handling in his Tide/Mi-Jack Conquest  Racing Lola.
"This  was the longest race I have ever done and I was happy to make it to
the finish,  but of course we were hoping for a better result tonight," said
Ranger.  "It was a tough race and I tried hard to do the best I could with the
car.  The team worked really hard to give me a good car, but during the race I
had a  lot of over steer and that's not good for this track. I want to thank
the  Mi-Jack Conquest team for the hard work and the good pit stops, and
hopefully we  can fight hard for a good result in the next race."

Nelson Philippe, who scored the first top-ten result of his Champ Car career last season with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing at the high-speed 1.5 mile oval track, had been hoping to set another career high on Saturday, but a mistake in the pits on lap 127 ended his night early as he took sixteenth in the final results.

"This was  definitely not a weekend to remember," said Philippe. "I gained
lots of  experience, with some good ones and some bad ones. It's been a long
time since I  made a mistake and tonight I made a stupid one. I take full
responsibility for  it and I'm sorry for Wellbox team that worked very hard on my
car. The car was  not so good at the beginning of the race, and then it was
getting better and  better. I passed Da Matta and everything was going fine.
Later, I got caught up  when leaving my pit and I lost control. It's a shame; we
could have finished on  the top ten. Let's think about the next race."
For Mi-Jack  Conquest Racing co-owner Eric Bachelart, the race results were
not what the team  had been hoping for, although there were still some strong
performances for him  to talk about.

"It was too bad what happened with Nelson because he has been very good in the races and his lap times had been going down before he came in for the pit stop," said Bachelart. "The crew did a fantastic job in the pits tonight-Andrew's average pit stop times were among the best of anybody and show how hard everybody has been working to improve. Fortunately we have three more races yet, and we will be working very hard to finish out the season on a strong note."

The Mi-Jack Conquest  Racing team will return to Indianapolis to prepare for
the next round of the  Champ Car World Series.

-mjcr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger
Teams Conquest Racing